# How do you convert 13,220 to scientific notation?

##### 1 Answer

Jul 21, 2017

#1.3220 xx 10^4#

**Scientific notation** is just a way to express big or small numbers in a nicer-looking way. We write something like

#602214130000000000000000#

as

#6.0221413 xx 10^23#

or

#0.00000000000012#

as

#1.2 xx 10^(-13)#

by tacking on a "

#13220 = color(blue)(1.3220 xx 10^4)#

Because

#1.3220 xx 10^4 = 1.3220 xx 10000#

#= 13.220 xx 1000#

#= 132.20 xx 100#

#= 1322.0 xx 10#

#= 13220#